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Students welfare plan


Very soon schools will resume, but some students will not go back to their schools. They will resume at less expensive private schools or resume at government-owned schools. That is because some of these students lost their breadwinners just before or during the holiday. This year alone, I know a handful of people in their 40s and 50s who have died. Take any day of your choice and go through all the newspapers; you are likely to find an obituary of somebody within this age range. The cause of death might range from accident and illness to death from armed robbery or kidnapping.

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Kick out bad habits

Habits are things we do regularly until they consciously or unconsciously become part of us. Our habits are dots which connect to make up our character. There  are good habits, bad habits and ruinous habits. Our focus today are bad habits.  I hate to be a slave to bad habits and I have fought to free myself from such slavery all my life. I remember one of my bad habits in my younger days.

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Oyakhilome and spousal roles

It is not often I read long WhatsApp messages, or watch long videos on WhatsApp. But I have watched a 17-minutes-25-seconds video by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome three times. It dwelt on the roles of/relationship between husband and wife. In a liberal world, dotted by talks on gender equality, equity, mainstreaming, roles reversal, etc., many will consider his views retrogressive and archaic. But with the alarming rate at which marriages are collapsing, Oyakhilome’s marriage being no exception, you have to listen to him even if you do not share his views. Some of these marriages collapsed due to the embrace of some new paradigms, hook, line and sinker by women.

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“Where did you travel to?”

It is unbelievable how man has decided to complicate this simple life that God created. It actually started in the Garden of Eden where two naked adults, male and female, did not even know they were naked until they dabbled into forbidden territory. Today’s article is another example of how wo(man) complicates simple matters. The title of today’s article is the question some teachers in highbrow private schools ask their pupils when they get back from the long holidays. They assume that every pupil ought to travel abroad during the long holiday.

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Leave Sniper out of it,distinguished

The Senate on Tuesday this week urged the Federal Government to ban the importation, production or circulation of sniper because it is being used by some Nigerians to commit suicide. Yes, it is true that some people who committed suicide recently used sniper. As if that is not bad enough, a National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), member serving in Ogun State, Ayomikun, Ademoraye Juliana, died last Sunday after reportedly using sniper. She ignorantly used it to wash her hair to eliminate lice.

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Fiery insecurity and protectiveness

In my bachelor days, I had two female friends, platonic friends, for emphasis. Just one outing with each of them and the red flag was so scary, both relationships never developed beyond that, even though they were stunning beauties (I loved stunning beauties) and we were great friends. There was a third female friend whom I had the same kind of still-birth relationship with. She came to see me in the office one day. A female colleague wanted my attention; I excused myself to attend to her. As I was leaving, I heard “Frannnnnk” behind me.

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A painful suicide

There is so much of Nigeria in Jamaica which explains why two members of the Reggae Girlz team to the France 2019 Women’s World Cup bore Nigerian names. Olufolasade Ayomide Danielle Adamolekun and Chinyelu Bessum Asher were part of the First Caribbean squad to play in the FIFA senior Women’s Championship.

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Twenty years after

I have since crossed the 20 years mark in marriage. Within this period too, I have been involved in the preparation of new entrants into marriage (15 years) in my parish;I have interacted with and counselled many people on marital issues, and I have also kept this column for almost six years now. The icing is my book, Life Lessons from Mudipapa, which essentially focuses on courtship, marriage, family life and parenting.With the benefit of all these experiences, I have come up with my list of the most important ingredients necessary to sustain a marriage, and I dare add, make it happy.

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What are you hiding?

A few years ago, I was at a wedding reception where I shared a table with a lady. During her conversation with another guest, her voice sounded familiar, but I could not place her face. Her husband joined her later and that confirmed her identity, but the face still looked unfamiliar. Then I summoned courage and said, “Sis, I no know say na you sit down opposite me before o? Then she retorted angrily: “Me too, I no recognise you.”

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I stand with RMD

We live in a free world and that is beautiful. You are fine as long as you exercise your freedom within legal bounds. But sometimes it goes beyond legality; there are also moral boundaries. Freedom goes with concomitant responsibilities. In order words, exercise your freedom responsibly. It helps to keep this in mind in our thoughts and actions. I am going to situate today’s column within a recent Instagram post of veteran actor, Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), the responses (backlash in some cases), and the legality and morality of freedom.

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